Skype has launched Skype for Android 2.0 today, bringing Skype video calling to our favourite smartphone OS for the first time. Android Skypers can now make and receive 1-to-1 video calls for free between their handset and other Skype users on iPhone, Mac, Windows and even TVs.
Android Skype fiends can also make calls to landlines and mobiles around the world and send texts anywhere in the world at the usual discounted Skype rates.
And as if that wasn’t more than enough to keep Android Skype users happy, there’s also a revamped UI to contend with, featuring a new, easily navigable menu bar on the homescreen that allows swift access to contacts, Skype profile and Skype credit. Not to mention a new ‘mood message box’ where users can share their mood, things they’ve seen, what they’re up to and other such inconsequential dross.
Neil Stevens, Skype’s VC – and in the spirit of acronyms, also its GM for P&M – had this to say about the debacle, “We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app. With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls, Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are.”